If you needed any reminder that Hollywood still has miles to go before it outruns its massive sexism problem, check out a short but deeply disturbing anecdote from a new profile of Chloe Grace Moretz.
Moretz, best known for Kick Ass and Carrie, recounted the incident to Variety (she is one of the people gracing their August cover). This is what she told them:
“This guy that was my love interest was like, ‘I’d never date you in real life,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, you’re too big for me’ — as in my size,” says Moretz. “It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set.” She opts not to reveal her co-star’s identity, only to say she was 15 at the time and he was in his mid-20s.
This anecdote, by the way, precedes Moretz’s take on Hollywood’s wage gap, and the other ways the industry devalues the women who work in it.
This would ordinarily be the paragraph in which you’d fact check about Moretz’s totally-not-fat bonafides. But, with all due respect, that’s horseshit. It doesn’t matter what Moretz looked like at the time or now, because her coworker—someone with whom she had to spend long, grueling hours on set, who was IN HIS MID-20s WHEN SHE WAS 15 YEARS OLD AND WAS PLAYING HER LOVE INTEREST, WHICH IS OBJECTIVELY NASTY—had no right to say, in so many words, why he finds her un-fuckable.
You can read the full interview here.